Speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, State DRF president Kolli Nageshwara Rao reminded that Chiranjeevi, while floating his erstwhile Praja Rajyam party, had not only got his party flag hoisted by a disabled youth but also gave him first membership of his party. He had also promised reservation in education and employment to the handicapped persons for their uplift in the society. But after winning the elections, he “sold himself” to the ruling Congress party for sake of power and totally forgot about the disabled. Therefore, they have decided to write an open letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to remove Chiranjeevi from the Union Cabinet forthwith for cheating the disabled persons in the State.
Stating that DRF executive would meet on May 30 to chalk out future course of action, Nageshwara Rao demanded that the State government increase their pension from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500, provide reservation to the disabled in the ensuing civic elections, distribute land to the disabled families besides solving all the problems being faced by them.
The DRF chief warned that if their demands were not conceded, they would be constrained to stage a dharna in front of Sonia Gandhi’s residence.